Train service between
The ‘Maitree Express’ is flagged off from Kolkata station in the north of the city on its inaugural run to the Dhaka Cantonment station, shortly after 7 am on a day auspicious to those belonging to either side of the West Bengal-Bangladesh border- ‘Poila Baishak’, the Bengali New Year’s Day.
The train is scheduled to reach its destination at 0830 pm BST (Bangladesh Standard Time) after halts at Gede in
The Dhaka-Kolkata ‘Maitree Express’ will make its journey from the Dhaka Cantonment Railway Station the same day.
Following a crude bomb discovery on the train route, patrolling by the Railway police along the route has been intensified in a district, where Maoists have been reported to be active in recent times an Eastern Railway official said.
At Gede station customs and immigration check up has been organized by the Indian Government. At Dharshana station
The ‘Maitree Express’ comprises of six coaches and a pantry car. It will run twice a week on Saturdays and Sundays and the bookings for the seats in the train are open here on April 11.
Prior to 1947, there was a regular overnight service from Kolkata to Goalandu and further up to
The freight services between the two countries were already in operation since 1972, but called off due to inadequate patronage. In 2000, the services were restored when the Petrapole-Benapole rail link was commissioned.
The restoration of passenger train service will further enhance the bilateral relationship between the neighbors.